THE 50 MOST USEFUL WORDS FOR GETTING AROUND ITALY

Are you leaving for a trip to Italy and do not know a word of Italian?
Knowing a few useful words and phrases can transform your trip!

While English is common in Italy’s larger cities and tourist destinations (including hotspots like Florence, Rome, Venice, and the Amalfi coast), it’s not as widely spoken in smaller towns and countryside.

So, if you are planning to get away from the usual tourist circuits and travel around Italy on your own, maybe renting a car, it will be better to try to learn at least a few useful words and phrases in Italian. Such as how to order a dish at the restaurant, say the address of your hotel to the taxi driver or ask where to buy the bus tickets …and be understood!

In any case, you can count on the kindness of the people who will bend over backwards to try to understand and to help you. Italians are always very patient and friendly with foreigners.

COMMON ITALIAN GREETINGS

Buongiorno: good morning. Usually said until 4 pm.
Buona sera: good evening. Usually said after 4pm.
Buonanotte: good night. Only used to say goodbye, it is usually said when parting ways after 10pm, or before going to sleep.
Ciao: hello o goodbye. A very informal greeting.
Salve: A way to say hello, in formality in between “ciao” and “buongiorno”
Arrivederci: a formal way to say goodbye.
Buona giornata: have a nice day. Usually said when parting ways until 4pm.
Buona serata: have a nice evening. Usually said when parting ways after 4pm.

OTHER COMMON WORDS AND PHRASES

Per favore/per piacere: please
Grazie: thank you. Grazie mille! literally “a thousand thanks” many thanks.
Prego: you’re welcome. After a grazie! it is always used to answer with a
prego!
Prego? Can also mean: can I help you? Or: Can you repeat?
Permesso!: excuse me!:it is used for passing people on the sidewalks or in a crowded bus. Permesso? Is also used entering a room or a private house. It si equivalent to: may I come in?
Mi chiamo…: my name is… or SonoI am
Non parlo italiano: I don’t speak Italian
Parla inglese?: do you speak English?
: yes. Another way to say yes is: va bene : it’s fine, it’s okay.
No: no
Buon viaggio!: have a nice trip!
Buon appetito!: enjoy your meal!
Dove: where? You can use it when you ask for directions: “Dov’è Piazza San Marco?
Mi scusi: sorry! When you accidentally bump into someone. You can also use it to ask for information: Mi scusi, dov’è via Nazionale? excuse me, where’s Nazionale Road?
Chi: who
Quando: when
Cosa: what
Perché: why?
Quanto costa? how much is it?
Dov’è il bagno, per favore? where is the toilet, please?
Aiuto!: help!

HELPFUL WORDS FOR GETTING AROUND

Metropolitana: subway
Treno: train
Macchina /auto /automobile: car
Autobus: bus. Pullmann: coach bus
Albergo: hotel
Ristorante: restaurant. Trattoria / Osteria: tavern
Banca: bank Bancomat: ATM
Destra right, sinistra left, dritto straight
Vicino : close, lontano: far

AND, FINALLY, SOME WORDS YOU WILL HEAR THOUSAND TIMES

Allora, dunque, quindi: these are words that are often used to start a speech or to move from one sentence to another. Equivalent to so… well… then… therefore…
Dai! it is an exclamation that has many meanings, like come on! Or: hit it! Chin up! And also: really?
Tutto a posto? Is everything all right?
Sì, tutto a posto: Yeah, it's all right.

E ALLORA, BUON VIAGGIO!

Have you ever been to Italy? Which was the most useful word or phrase during your trip? Let me know it in the comments!

Are you going to travel to Italy? Need to learn life-saving words and phrases for your trip? Have a look to my 5 lessons package ‘Italian for travelers'!

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Ciao! Benvenuto! My name is Elena, I was born and raised in Italy and I’m a professional teacher with 10 years of experience. I graduated in 'Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures' at the University of Padua and I also hold ITALS Master’s Degree in 'Teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners' from the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari. I am a qualified teacher and I have students of very different levels and backgrounds from USA, Asia, Africa, South America, East Europe, from every part of the world! I think learning a language should be interactive and engaging so I use a combination of skills and personalise my lessons according to my students needs. So tell me what your goal is and together we will create a plan to help you reach it! In your classes you can focus on any and/or all of the following themes: Grammar, Listening and Reading Comprehension, Accent Reduction , Business Italian, Communication and Speaking Skills, Breaking News for Communication and Discussion and many other topics! I am a language student myself and I know the struggle and the commitment that it takes to learn a language but I know from my learning experience that the best and easiest way to learn a language is to use it and to have fun with it. Quindi, stai imparando l’italiano per viaggiare, per passione, per lavoro o perché la tua famiglia è di origine italiana? Bene, qualunque sia il tuo scopo, sono qui per aiutarti. Mi piace parlare di tante cose: di viaggi, di attualità, di cultura, di film, di libri. Rivedremo insieme il tuo vocabolario e studieremo anche la grammatica. Allora, non aspettare ancora: prenota una lezione con me, sarà divertente e facile imparare l’italiano insieme! A presto! Elena HAVE A LOOK TO MY BLOG! YOU'LL FIND MATERIALS TO SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING: https://timetolearnitalian.wordpress.com/ MISSED CLASS POLICY: if you can't attend a lesson please use the specific function of Verbling to unschedule. You have time until 12 hours before the beginning of the lesson to unschedule for free. After that, Verbling will charge you with a fee. If you don't use this function and you can't attend the lesson, it will be considered complete. Thanks!
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Ciao! Benvenuto! My name is Elena, I was born and raised in Italy and I’m a professional teacher with 10 years of experience. I graduated in 'Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures' at the University of Padua and I also hold ITALS Master’s Degree in 'Teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners' from the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari. I am a qualified teacher and I have students of very different levels and backgrounds from USA, Asia, Africa, South America, East Europe, from every part of the world! I think learning a language should be interactive and engaging so I use a combination of skills and personalise my lessons according to my students needs. So tell me what your goal is and together we will create a plan to help you reach it! In your classes you can focus on any and/or all of the following themes: Grammar, Listening and Reading Comprehension, Accent Reduction , Business Italian, Communication and Speaking Skills, Breaking News for Communication and Discussion and many other topics! I am a language student myself and I know the struggle and the commitment that it takes to learn a language but I know from my learning experience that the best and easiest way to learn a language is to use it and to have fun with it. Quindi, stai imparando l’italiano per viaggiare, per passione, per lavoro o perché la tua famiglia è di origine italiana? Bene, qualunque sia il tuo scopo, sono qui per aiutarti. Mi piace parlare di tante cose: di viaggi, di attualità, di cultura, di film, di libri. Rivedremo insieme il tuo vocabolario e studieremo anche la grammatica. Allora, non aspettare ancora: prenota una lezione con me, sarà divertente e facile imparare l’italiano insieme! A presto! Elena HAVE A LOOK TO MY BLOG! YOU'LL FIND MATERIALS TO SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING: https://timetolearnitalian.wordpress.com/ MISSED CLASS POLICY: if you can't attend a lesson please use the specific function of Verbling to unschedule. You have time until 12 hours before the beginning of the lesson to unschedule for free. After that, Verbling will charge you with a fee. If you don't use this function and you can't attend the lesson, it will be considered complete. Thanks!
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